The attention of stakeholders around the world against child labor will be focused on the ICC in Durban when the Fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor takes place from May 15-20, 2022.
The event, which is being held for the first time on African soil, will be organized by the National Department of Employment and Labor in collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO).
The results will serve as a baseline for the world to address this serious issue over the next three years to meet the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development commitment to end child labor in all its forms. by 2025 and to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030.
The international conference comes at a critical time as, despite some progress in many regions, 160 million children are still working and this number is increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The global forum is a prestigious event for the Durban International Convention Centre, a world-class facility that has been voted Africa’s best convention center no less than 17 times and is an icon of sophistication, class, innovation , service excellence and versatility. .
Durban ICC chief executive Lindiwe Rakharebe said following a lull in operations during the COVID-19 lockdowns, the state-of-the-art venue is eager to move on.
“The ICC in Durban has established itself as the signature venue for major conventions and we look forward to warmly welcoming thousands of delegates to the World Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour. An event of this magnitude has huge economic benefits for the tourism industry and associated businesses, including small, medium and micro businesses in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal,” she said.
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Ms Rakharebe said the focus of the ICC in Durban was committed to a better future, starting with children, and was aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. “He has hosted projects and supported local partners such as the Early Childhood Development Center, the Reach for a Dream Foundation and the Santa Shoebox Project,” she added.
In addition to the presence of some Heads of State, President Cyril Ramaphosa should deliver the opening speech of the World Conference on the abolition of child labour.
The event will also bring together a number of luminaries, who are Nobel Peace Prize laureates, 120 ministers, tripartite constituents from 187 ILO member countries, United Nations agencies, academic institutions, civil society, non-governmental organizations, media and civil society. .
Representatives of governments, trade unions, the private sector, civil society, regional and international organizations, think tanks, universities, young people and children from around the world will organize plenaries, presentations and parallel events.